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‘Special students must be dealt with empathy’

Fr Anil George, Principal, St Francis De Sales Sr Sec School, Janakpuri Fr Anil George, Principal, St Francis De Sales Sr Sec School, Janakpuri
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: September 1, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: September 1, 2014 12:01 am

What’s your leadership style?
I believe in being a leader who can inspire and transform. Learning naturally takes place when we inspire the students by our own examples. Once the students are inspired, we lead them to transformation.

How do you handle student discipline?
According to Fr Peter Mermier, the founder of MSFS Congregation, strictness mixed with kindness is essential to discipline students. Therefore, students should be handled with care, love and, if needed, strictness. The need for self-discipline in daily life is inculcated in them through class assemblies and talks by the management and staff. Parents also play an important role in disciplining the child. It is a joint venture.

How do you work with diversestudents and families?
School is an institution where many of us come together with the ultimate aim of bringing about an all-round development in the students. We come across diverse students and parents every day. A better understanding of the society is very important before we take up any issue. All our programmes must aim at the progress of the students rather than categorising any. The students who need special care and attention should be dealt with empathy and compassion.

What is the most important quality a principal should have and why?
The most important quality a principal should have is self-discipline. Where there is discipline, all the other qualities will be easily acquired. A patient hearing is the next quality a principal must possess. Many of the problems and difficulties can be resolved by it. A principal should be a man of vision and action.

Tell us about your present as well as past assignments and your experience with the education system. Also, share your experience as a teacher as well as a school administrator
I feel that the term administrator would not be apt; a better word would be ‘facilitator’. A few years back, I was appointed as vice-principal in the school. I believe that this profession of teaching should not only be a profession but a way of life, a vocation.
I have also worked in Maharashtra, especially in the backward areas, for three and a half years. Every day is a new experience and brings forth new challenges. This profession never stops teaching you new things. Presence of mind and applying it effectively in administering day-to-day activities of the school is very important. Being a missionary, my vision is more encompassing and inclusive.

What are the challenges students generally face these days ?
In today’s world, a child faces numerous challenges. The main challenges are peer pressure and the onslaught of the media. They are not well-equipped to handle both. Hence, we see in them sudden changes. The influence of mass media is tremendous on children. They blindly imitate what they see and hear. Parents and the school must educate them about the good and bad side of continued…

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